Thought of the Day


 "Nothing is impossible to God" St. Gabriel said "the power of the Holy Spirit will come upon you" to Mary. How else could she become the mother of Jesus?

 


Our Church was officially opened on October 16th 1977.



Our parish was founded in April 1976 as a daughter parish of St. Columba's.



The parish was established by the late Bishop Francis Thomson.



Founding parish priest was Fr. John F. Givens R.I.P.



He was succeeded by Fr. Bartholomew O'Regan R.I.P.



The present parish priest is Fr. Jim Morris who came to the parish on October 16th 1992



Here at St. Gabriel's we begin our services with the Angelus prayer.



A tray for prayer intentions can be found at the back of the church.



These prayers remain on the altar all week and then are shredded, so any intentions are confidential.



Prayers, requests, reflections can also be entrusted to the St. Anthony's Mail Box under his statue.



Any money should be donated separately and will be forwarded to the Chipole orphanage in Tanzania.



After Holy Communion has been distributed, pre-communion age children can come forward (or be carried)



to receive a special blessing. This blessing is available to everyone, child or adult, during the final hymn.



The altar stone contains relics of St. Margaret, Queen of Scots, and the Roman Martyr and Deacon St. Lawrence.



Other relics in the church include St. Blaise, St. John Vianney, St. Pius X and St Teresa Margaret of the Sacred Heart, and a new relic of St. Mariam Baouardy.



The banners of St Andrew and St. Margaret are copied from murals in St. Margaret's Airdrie, the oldest church in the diocese, (parish founded 1836).



The back right hand corner has a candle stand and various items dedicated to St. John Paul II, the patron saint of the Primary School attended by our children. Our parish school was closed in 2006 when it amalgamated iwth St. Columba's Primary School to form John Paul II School, subsequently renamed Blessed John Paul II and finally St. John Paul II. There is also a Lithuanian Cross (the original and full size of which is on the Hill Of Crosses at Sauliai, Lithuania, and a photograph of the Ukrainian Icon "Our Lady of Pochaev". In the Porch there are two versions of the Russian Icon "Our Lady of Kazan". The "Mother of Sorrows" Ikon beside the 12th Station of the Cross is a photograph of a Romanian original.